BLOG: In a span of six outs, Lafayette and Amory scored all three of tonight’s runs.
As it turned out, the Commodores’ two runs in the third were all the home team needed to defeat Amory 2-1 at W.V. Brewer Field.
In doing so, Lafayette stamped its ticket to the third round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs by eliminating the Panthers.
After Amory opened the third by plating a run, Lafayette countered.
Right fielder Hunter Bishop got the ‘Dores going with a two-out single and then scored on a triple over the head of Amory’s right fielder by LHS shortstop Luke Stanley.
Second baseman Tyler Mize then hit a soft grounder to shortstop, but Forest Williams double clutched before throwing the ball and ended up pulling his first baseman off the bag.
The error allowed Stanley to score what ended up being the game’s final run.
Lafayette starter Eli Murphree lasted until the seventh, when catcher Hayden Williams reached via a dropped third strike.
LHS coach Greg Lewis opted to go back to Stanley, who pitched all seven innings in Thursday’s 3-0 win.
After first baseman Clint Clay reached on an error to put runners on first and second, Stanley struck the next two batters out before inducing a grounder to third base to end the game.
Murphree earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and one walk. He also struck out four in his six innings of work.
Amory right-hander Dustin Hahn took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and one hit-by-pitch. Hahn also racked up 13 strikeouts in the complete-game performance.
Lafayette (18-10 overall) must now wait and see who their next opponent is. New Albany won tonight 4-3 in nine innings to force a decisive Game 3 at Koscuisko on Saturday.
For more on the second-round sweep check out Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (April 28, 2012)